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San Diego Hotels

Balboa Park Inn


  • Good value
  • Convenient location
  • Continental breakfast


  • No parking
  • No on-site services
  • Busy area

Updated 05/16/2014

Fodor's Review

This budget guesthouse occupies four Spanish colonial–style 1915 residences connected by courtyards. Prices are reasonable for romantic one- and two-bedroom suites, done in Italian, French, Spanish, or early-California style. Some rooms have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, patios, and kitchens. A generous, complimentary continental breakfast is delivered to your room daily for two people (additional cost for more guests). The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park museums are just

a 10-minute walk away.

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Hotel Information


3402 Park Blvd., San Diego, California, 92103, USA

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619-298–0823; 800-938–8181

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 26 suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 05/16/2014

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Jul 3, 2007

WARNING : Watch Out for the Cancelation Policy

Unfortunately on the eve to our dream California vacation my boyfriend discovered that his passport had expired. Because of this we had to cancel the whole trip very last minute. As outlined in the confirmation letter I understood their policy, which was basically if you do not cancel within 7 days of the reservation you have to pay in full for all days booked. Trust I would never had made a reservation for a place like this if I planned to cancel.

Alas, sh%t happens. I understand paying for the first night seeing how this was so last minute, however, the second night? You would think explaining our situation to the owner she would give a break on the charge for the second night. She didnt. She was extremely curt, a major change in tone from the nice lady I talked too at booking. Fair? I know it was in the rules, however, being rudely treated has left a bitter taste. When we go to rebook it will not be at an independently owned establishment and definitely not the Balboa Park Inn.

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By Lor

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Aug 12, 2005


We stayed in the Oriental Suite which was clean, roomy, and decorated in deep red and black. Microwave, frig, bathtub (with candles) and separate shower. Three large windows overlooked a middle school. The zoo and Balboa Park are an easy 10 min. walk. No problems with parking, but the traffic noise at night was annoying. A continental breakfast of pastries, cut fruit, and juice is delivered to your room.

By John

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May 31, 2002

Balboa Park Inn is Charming but not for Everyone

Ok, this is maybe the most unusual place I've stayed in a while so bear with me. Balboa Park Inn is painted a pale pink and is located in the 'alternative' part of town (a gay nightclub and a lesbian nightclub are both across the street from each other a block and a half away next to an S&M store). We booked for four days and we were asked to pay the entirety when we checked in, which was alarming to say the least. There was a problem getting the

room we booked but this was resolved by the staff completely to our satisfaction without a fuss. They served a continental breakfast to the room every morning which was better than average. Balboa Park Inn is probably not the swankiest place we've stayed, but for our budget it was a real gem and its walking distance to the San Diego Zoo. My wife and I never felt unwelcome but I always got the impression they were used to dealing with a less docile clientelle.

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By Ken

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Apr 29, 2001

Fun by the Zoo

Unique and fun rooms with friendly hosts and an excellent location next to the zoo. Every room is wildly different. I'm looking forward to trying a new one each visit.

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